World’s First Commercial Scale Tidal Energy Turbine Installed in Northern Ireland

by OldSailor on April 7, 2008

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Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT) has come up with a tidal energy turbine to generate carbon free electricity. The turbines are driven by tides or by oceanic circulations.

Now, MCT has successfully installed the world’s first commercial scale tidal energy turbine in Northern Ireland. The tidal energy turbine which looks like a submerged windmill, marks the completion of the first installation phase of 1.2 MW SeaGen Tidal System. SeaGen is located approximately 400 metres from the shoreline, 1 km south of the ferry route between Strangford and Portaferry. The SeaGen tidal system is expected to be operational later in the summer and has the following interesting features:

  • has 16 metre diameter blades
  • has twin rotors
  • will be turned by the water streaming in and out of Strangford Lough at up to 8 knots
  • weighs 1000 tonne
  • will operate for up to 18-20 hours per day
  • can power up 1000 homes

Here are some sketches of SeaGen Tidal System.

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Click here to view the animation of SeaGen Array. Also click here to view a interesting video clip from Channel4 news.

Click here to read more.

Update: December 20

SeaGen system now generates 1.2 MW, the highest level of power produced by a tidal stream system anywhere in the world. Read more from BBC News.

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